Things: Material Culture at Cambridge, Michaelmas Term 2012

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 2, 2012

Programming from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge:

Things: Material Cultures of the Long Eighteen Century
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge, ongoing series

The seminar meets alternate Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm in the Seminar Room, Alison Richard Building, West Road. A light lunch will be provided.

The early-modern period was the age of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct and changing features of the period. Early-modern knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series uses an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of this period, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will build on our success discussing the long eighteenth century in 2012-13 to look at the interdisciplinary thinking through which early modern material culture was conceived, adding an attention to the question of what a ‘thing’ is, to gain new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.

Each seminar will feature two talks each considering the same type of object from different perspectives

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 – Thinking Things
Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt University) and Elizabeth Eger (King’s College London)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012Worshipping Things
Mary Laven (University of Cambridge) and Maia Jessop (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012Stilling Things
Hanneke Grootenboer (Oxford) and Joserra Marcaida Lopez (Cambridge)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012Curing Things
Simon Chaplin (Wellcome Library) and Christelle Rabier (London School of Economics)

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